The holidays are really strange for me. I never really was into Christmas. Actually, I couldn’t stand it for the longest time. The commercialization was my main complaint. After my oldest niece Isabella was born, I started getting back into it…slowly. It was fun watching her get so excited. And even more fun to be able to use Santa to get her to eat her vegetables, do her homework, etc.
It doesn’t work now since she’s 13 and knows all about Santa. This is the first time she’s asked for money as a Christmas gift. *sigh*
Thankfully, her little sister Juliana (7) is still really into Christmas. An Easy Bake Oven is on its way from some eBay seller in Texas. It sure beats hitting 3 different stores trying to find her Pilow Pet Penguin, only to find out Christmas morning that she already had one. She just wanted “another one.”
I don’t know why I’m writing about this. The holidays throw me for a loop. I rush around getting stuff done. And then when it’s done (or very, very close), I don’t know what to do with myself. I think that’s where I’m at now. I’m just about done. So here I am in bed, writing this post, with the blinking lights of the parol (Philippine Christmas Lantern) in the window.
The headlines just add to the goopy mess that is my head now (more than usual). Kim Jong-Il is dead. Sidebar: It’s spooky that last Tuesday’s twisted quote was his. Will his son be better? Worse?
Don’t even get me started on the payroll tax cut extension debacle. Honestly, what the hell does the GOP want? They rejected the year extension, and they’ll reject the 2 month stop gap. Would 6 months work? Do they realize that having the tax cut expire in January would actually make the economy suck more? What do we working schmucks do with the extra cash? A lot of us spend it. Spending = stimulating the economy.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens with this vote. Will the middle class get screwed again? Can’t take much more screwing before being totally……..screwed.